The Middle East

Iran Seeks a Foothold in Iraq’s Sunni Anbar Province

“What is occurring in Iraq is actually a Persian conquest”  Read More »

The Lessons of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Discovery

Syrian and Iranian Non-Conventional Threats.  Read More »

Two Summits with Gulf Arabs – Vive la Différence

Why top Gulf Arab leaders did attend a summit — but with the French president.  Read More »

The Status of Western Military Aid to Kurdish Peshmerga Forces

Kurdish peshmerga fighters may have the will, do they have the means?  Read More »

Toward a Regional Escalation?

Iran, the common denominator to Middle East instability  Read More »

The Failure To Deter Genocide

Last month much of the international media became engaged in the question of how the world had handled in recent decades the most heinous crime against humanity: genocide.   Read More »

Iran Keeps Defying the United States in the Persian Gulf – So Far with Impunity

Iran naval ships harass and seize Western commercial ships.  Read More »

Israeli Security Policy in Syria

The attempted Hizbullah attack thwarted on the Golan Heights and the air strikes attributed the Israeli Air Force on against military targets in Syria join a series of similar incidents over the past three years.  Read More »

The Power Struggle for Leadership of the Palestinian Authority

Reconciliation Efforts between the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammad Dahlan.  Read More »

France’s Position on the Emerging Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Why France has a different view of Iran than the United States  Read More »

Does Iran’s Navy Directly Arm Its Jihadist Allies?

U.S. Navy inspects ship for weapons headed to Yemen’s Houthis.  Read More »

The Flawed Underpinnings of the New Nuclear Understandings with Iran

The underlying flaw in the new nuclear understandings between the P5+1 and Iran is the fact that it leaves Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure intact.   Read More »

The Saudi Military Intervention in Yemen

What lies behind the Arab coalition attack on Yemen?  Read More »

The Libyan Quagmire

The civil war in Libya could drag in African, Arab and Western nations.  Read More »

Iran Takes Over Iraq

General David Petraeus is the best known top American officer from the Iraq War. There are only a few in the U.S. who know more about internal developments in Iraq than he does.  Read More »